9:00 – 9:10 9:10 – 9:15 9:15 – 9:25 9:25 – 9:45 9:45 – 9:55 9:55 – 10:10 10:10 – 10:25 10:25 – 10:30 10:30 – 10:40 10:40 – 10:55 10:55 – 11:05 11:05 – 11:25 11:25 – 11:35 11:35 – 11:45 11:45 – 12:00 WELCOME TIME CIRCLE TIME SONG S REVIEW Play downstairs until everyone arrives Pledge, Calendar, Alphabet Fun ABC’s song. Leap Frog Alphabet (what sounds letters make) Whose name begins with this letter? Introduce capital and lowercase letters. Flash card matching game. My very own letter craft (decorate) “I Spy Little Letters” I spy letters around the house, magnifying glass, pictures Go potty and wash hands. Prepare for snack time. Cheerios (O), Pretzels (I, H, L), sliced Apples (D) Alphabet Bodies Match the capital letter with the lower case letter ABC Sing Along book Foam letters craft Clifford Story book Free/Play time until parent pick up


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During circle time talk about letters, how each has its own sound, an uppercase and lowercase and if you put all those letters together you can make a word! Sing alphabet song with children. Use Leap Frog fridge electronic magnet to find out what sound each letter makes. Explain that each week we practice tracing our names. Ask each child if they know what letter their name starts with. Do they know what sound that letter makes? For older children, do they know which letter their last name starts with? What sound does it make? See if the children know what letters the other children’s names begin with. Handout name trace templates for children to practice writing their names. Review again that there are upper and lowercase letters. Using index cards show each child the upper and lowercase letter for each of their names. Next explain the matching game. Have children spread out on the flood and hand each child their own set of matching game cards (depending on the size of your group this is # of children in your group x 2). When you say “go” they try to line up all of the matches. Play again or until children lose interest. Stickers are a great reward.

B b

D d

J j

K k

L l

Be creative with this. Prepare a large letter for each child (the letter that their name begins with). Gather any desired craft materials ie: construction paper, gems, string, etc. for each child to decorate their own special letter.

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Read story “I Spy Little Letters” Rhymes by Jean Marzollo; Photographs by Walter Wick. Have children help you find the letters and hidden objects. Rotate so each child gets a turn. Play your own “I Spy” game with a magnifying glass by searching your home. Find letters of the alphabet. Also look for shapes that look like letters of the alphabet like a clock looking like the letter “O”. Praise them for these unique finds. Use a digital camera to help capture some of their findings. You may want to prepare letters (just use index cards) beforehand “hide” these letters around the house.
This door stopper was a great find for the letter “I”

Prepare snacks that look like the letters of the alphabet. Some ideas are using Cheerios for the letter “O” or using pretzel sticks to make the letter “H”, etc.

Use an existing set of index cards (from matching game) and have the children try to use their bodies to make a letter. Let them try first with the letter of their own name. Then move to letters of others names. Have them work together to build letters. Prepare additional index cards to show them which letters they can try (T, O, X, etc).

Which letters did the kids create? Answer: L, O, T, Y, Z

Buy or make your own complete set of alphabet cards with both upper and lowercase letters. Have the children work together to match the upper and lower case letters. Depending on time and level of children, have them work together to put them in the right order. Select songs from “ABC Sing-Along” by Teddy Slater (or choose a similar book) to sing with the children. These are typically silly songs highlighting a certain letter, sung to a familiar tune such as row, row, row your boat. You can also break the day up by incorporating songs throughout the day. Have children complete a craft using all the letters they learned that day. They can cut out letters from magazines to make a collage, use foam letters, stamps, etc. Read “Clifford Let’s Spell” illustrated by Thompson Brothers, designed by Rick DeMonico, or similar story that teaches the children the importance of putting letter sounds together to read.

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